JUDAS

15 08 2012

Ambition.

That was the key thing which Robin Van Persie claimed that Arsenal were lacking when he issued his scathing statement earlier this Summer.
At the time I was left wondering how the signings of Giroud and Podolski showed a lack of ambition. Fast forward a few weeks and we have added Santi Cazorla to the squad.This one capture above all others is a sign of a club who know where they are going and want to get there asap.

Add to that the fact that we are in the driving seat for the signings of Nuri Sahin and Kevin Miralles and you are left wondering whether a certain Mr. Van Persie was being totally honest with us.

Well that was my view on things this morning.

As of now I officially say fuck you Robin and the horse you rode in on.

You claimed to love the club, you claimed to be a Gunner, you even claimed this wasn’t in anyway about money…Well mate you just proved yourself wrong didn’t you?

What sort of judas prick repays the club who stood by him throughout rape allegations and long term injury by signing for their biggest rival of the last 20 years.
The worst sort, that’s who.

You had the chance to become a legend like Thierry and bow out with your legacy intake. Well you made your choice, he’s a legend and you are just some guy who played for us once. Jog on.

Advertisements




Frank Isola: Winning trophies away from Arsenal won’t be the same for Robin van Persie

18 07 2012

Robin van Persie arrived at Arsenal’s training camp this week with a few more grey hairs and without a new contract. Of course, one could have something to do with the other.

The club is hoping to resolve Van Persie’s future before the Gunners begin their preseason tour in Malaysia this weekend. All the big clubs are hot for the Dutch striker, including Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League rival Manchester City.

The fact that Van Persie is in camp and apparently in good spirits and good shape has Arsenal optimistic that the captain will re-consider his position, sign a contract extension and continue to call Emirates Stadium home. Van Persie, 28, is in the prime of his career and belongs at Arsenal where he led the Premier League with 30 goals last season.

If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.

It’s not as if the north London side is that far from being a legitimate contender. Arsenal finished third in the EPL and its manager, Arsene Wenger, is one of the best in the business at adding young talent.

Van Persie has every right to be concerned with Arsenal losing both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer. But Wenger has always been a proactive manager. He is looking to sign 17-year-old French forward M’baye Niang, who is being courted by both Tottenham and Man City. Arsenal is also trying to sign Theo Walcott to a long-term deal.

Locking up Van Persie, however, is the crucial move for Arsenal. Nearly two weeks ago, Van Persie released a statement after meeting with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis and sounded resigned to leaving before his contract expires in 12 months.

“This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy,” Van Persie said in the statement. “Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

“I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.

“I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Van Persie sounded sincere but don’t discount the fact that he could be a shrewd negotiator as well. Van Persie understands his value the team and could be looking for more money, more affection or both. I’ll go with the latter.

Follow FRANK ISOLA on Twitter

Arsenal is built around the Van Persie the way it was once built around his good friend Thierry Henry. And yes, Henry left for Barcelona when he was 27 but not before becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer with 228 goals while helping Arsenal to two league titles and three FA Cups. It wasn’t until Henry arrived in Spain before he raised a Champions League trophy.

He and Van Persie were teammates when Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League Final. Van Persie never stepped on the pitch that night and that loss still stings.

Stay at Arsenal and perhaps Van Persie will get that chance again. Winning one as Messi’s sidekick just won’t mean as much.

Frank Isola – Goal.com

Normally I place no stock in pretty anything that comes from the direction of Goal.com.  Usually it is just the same story that everywhere else is running hacked to death by a 5th or 6th rate journo.

On the rare occasion when it isn’t just churning someone else’s story they normally present made up transfer rumours as if they were gospel.

On this occasion however I find myself in the odd predicament of actually agreeing with something they have published. strange or what!

Mr. Isola hits the nail firmly on the head for me with this particular statement

“If it is Van Persie’s wish to win trophies, why not do it with the club where he made a name for himself? He can’t possibly believe that winning a championship while riding shotgun with Messi would mean the same as winning one at Arsenal.”

Good question, why exactly can’t Van Persie win trophies with Arsenal? He says that the club lacks ambition but let us face facts here this is a team which reeling from the loss of two very good players last year plummeted as low as it’s possible to go before bouncing back to finish third.

Agreed the squad lacks some depth in places but it would seem that Wenger and Gazidis have been working to correct that situation this Summer.

Giroud and Podolski have come in and if the papers are to be  believed will be joined by at least two more signings. Add to that Lansbury and Bartley who have been promoted to the first team and the return of Jack Wilshere from injury and we look a bit better set up to maybe go the distance this year.

If they squad hadn’t of  been so thin last year we would have been better equipped to compete across all fronts without having to throw everything into securing champions league football and personally I believe we would have picked up a trophy, even if it were “just” a Carling cup or FA cup.

If Robin Van Persie is so driven and ambitious, then he should prove it.  He is under contract for one more year, fair enough choose not to renew but see the remaining year out and show everyone that it really isn’t about the petro dollars.





Is Afellay the man to change RVP’s mind?

16 07 2012

There is a lot of buzz around at the moment that Barcelona are looking to off-load Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay for the meagre sum of £6 million in order to free up funds for their acquisition of defensive midfielder Javi Martinez.

Not only have the club let the player know his days are numbered, they have even gone so far to offer the former PSV Eindhoven player on a plate to Inter Milan and Arsenal.

Whether Afellay will be pulling on the red and white next year remains to be seen, but if I were Arsene Wenger I would be doing all I could to make it happen for one very good reason. He just might be the signing required to make RVP change his mind and “do a Rooney”.

Van Persie is very much on the record with his displeasure at what he sees as the club’s lack of ambition. It is barely 2 weeks since the Dutchman had this to say:

“I personally have had a great season, but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract.”

Personally with the early capture of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud I beg to differ, but then it isn’t me that needs convincing it is Robin.

At just £6 mil Afellay would represent another canny buy for Arsenal and would be a very Wengeresque signing.

After making his first team debut at the tender age of 17 Afellay went on to have 8 impressive years with PSV picking up 4 league titles before joining Barca in January 2011.

Since arriving at the Nou Camp, Afellay has seen his playing time limited due to a nasty cruciate injury which kept him out of the game for seven months. That said, Afellay seems to have put his injury woes behind him, he featured for Holland in Euro 2012 and looked to be back up to speed.

Quick, powerful and with an eye for goal (he has scored 40 times in 251 appearances) the signing of Afellay coupled with that of new boys Giroud and Podolski would once again make Arsenal a team more than capable of challenging on all fronts.

As an added bonus, the arrival of another winger would really make the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho have to up their own games for fear of losing out on their places in the current pecking order.

Barring any further injury set backs at 26 the energetic winger has his best years ahead of him and if anyone knows how to get the best out of pacey, attacking players it is Wenger.

So, Fair enough he is a talented player who would bring something to the side. Why should this make RVP suddenly sit up and decide that Arsenal have some measure of ambition to match his own?

Simple – RVP really, rates his international colleague.

“He’s developed into a real class act in the past couple of years. We all knew that he’s a great player, but he has taken his game to the next level recently.”

What better way to show your captain you mean business than to buy the players he recommends?





Adebayor to join Spurs on a permanent basis

10 07 2012

Perennial flops Tottenham Hotspurs are set to smash their wage cap in order to make incredible sulk Emmanuel Adebayor their highest paid player.

The North London-based under-achievers were impressed by Adebayor during his season long loan at that hole in the ground they call Whitehart Lane and are willing to offer 6million to make the deal permanent.

Adebayor is out of favour with his current employers Man City who are looking to clear the decks before adding Robin Van Persie to their collection of former Gunners. The miserable one is likely to be joined in the Man City striker exodus by Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

Spurs are looking at giving the Togolese striker a four million pound signing on fee and a princely 115k a week in wages. No doubt as soon as he signs his bumper new contract Adebayor will pull his usual stunt of cutting back his efforts by 50-60% and  then complaining about the calibre of players around him.





Arsenal to take French striker M’Baye Niang on trial

9 07 2012

French daily Ouest-France has claimed that Caen striker M’Baye Niang is heading to London for a trial with Arsenal.

The 17-year-old is the youngest ever player to turn out for recently relegated Caen and has found the net 5 times in 30 league appearances. Niang has already featured for the French under 21 side but would also be eligible to play for Senegal if he so wished.

Niang is the latest player to have been dubbed the  “New Thierry Henry” by the French media and has been described as “a phenomenon” and “a striker out of the ordinary”.

Whilst he wouldn’t be the RVP replacement that fans are currently crying out for securing the services of a very talented youngster like Niang would be a very good move for the side in the long run.





Red and White Securities letter to the Arsenal board…Jabba the Hutt strikes back

6 07 2012

Below is the full text of the open letter which Alisher Usmanov and Red and White Securities sent to the Arsenal board yesterday in the wake of Robin Van Persie’s announcement regarding his future at the club.

I will leave you all to make your own minds up on the contents.

However I will say this, if Mr. Usmanov honestly loves the club as he states and wants nothing but the best for Arsenal Football Club on and off the field then maybe he can make some moves to remove some of the mystery and secrecy cloaking his own past dealings and stop issuing solicitors letters and gagging orders as if they were penny sweets.

Maybe then he would be in a better position to question others and would have more support amongst the fans.





Top replacements for Robin Van Persie

5 07 2012

Well it is official now, Robin Van Persie is a splitter and will be buggering off to some team no-one cares about.

So the first order of business for Arsenal should be making sure that they get the most money possibly for the Dutch mercenary and re-invest it back in the squad in the form of another top quality striker.

Whilst we have already signed the very impressive duo of Podolski and Giroud I still expect Bendtner, Park, Chamakh and Vela to all see the door at the Emirates this summer so at least one more signing up top is needed.

One option which I am going to look at quickly wouldn’t involve spending any money at all on a striker but would be a little bit of a gamble.

Arsene might decide to give Theo Walcott his wish and play him through the middle using Gervinho, Podolski, The Ox and Miyachi on rotation on the wings along with a possible replacement for want away winger Andrei Arshavin.

Might work out well as Theo has an eye for goal and is a relatively good finisher but I feel that you would take away one of his main weapons which is his pace and his ability to run at a defender and worry them/drag them out of position.
So whilst I think it is an option it wouldn’t be my first choice and would rather be something I would try out during odd matches.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

 Who better to replace Van Persie than his international strike partner who a lot of people say is his exact double.

Huntelaar, like Van Persie, is Dutch and is a prolific striker. With 29 league goals last season for Schalke 04, and a total of 38 goals in all competitions, in pure goal scoring terms Huntelaar would be an ideal replacement for Van Persie.

It is arguable that Huntelaar is even more clinical in front of goal than Van Persie, he was very much Johnny on the spot for the Dutch during their qualifying campaign scoring 12 goals for The Oranje against a mere 6 for  Van Persie.

Robert Lewandowski

 Lewandowksi has been a revelation for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

Not only was he instrumental in their impressive league defence but he also helped Dortmund to a cup double by scoring a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final. The big Pole rounded out the 2011/2012 season by picking up the Bundesliga Player of the Season.

At a mere 23 years of age,  he would fit in well with the Gunners existing youth policy whilst already being a finished, world-class product.

Gonzalo Higuain

 Gunners fans are going to want a big name signing to offset the loss of their captain for the second year running. Well personally I reckon that Real Madrid striker Higuain could fit the cap.

A t only 24 years of age Higuain seems to have been around far longer, he is a regular starter and scorer for Argentina with 13 goals in 25 appearances and at a club level has managed to find the net 121 times out of 267. Not too shabby at all.

One plus that I would see with Higuain would be his assist rate which is also pretty good, at an international level he has 6 assists and last season for Real he clocked up 10 in 54 matches. Whilst this obviously isn’t the best around it proves that he isn’t a selfish player and knows when to pass as opposed to maybe wasting a chance himself.

Earlier this year Real were apparently keen to enter into a cash plus Higuain deal for RVP. If this offer were still on the table I would ripping their hands off!

Luuk De Jong

 Arsene Wenger has quite a good record when it comes to snatching up players from the Dutch leagues.

His forays into the Dutch player market have seen him pluck out some of the best players that the Premier League has seen. Most recently of course we have had Robin Van Persie who is currently one of the worlds best players, but you might remember a certain  flying winger  by the name of Marc Overmars who played the best football of his career for the Gunners. Throw in Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax and that record starts to look exceptional.

So with more than half an eye on Wenger’s former dalliances with the Dutch maybe he should have a look at 21 year old Luuk De Jong from FC Twente. De Jong is one of the most exciting talents in the Eredivisie at the moment and his  and is currently on fantastic form.

Nine goals in just eleven league games for FC Twente has seen him linked a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Despite his tender years, De Joeng has already made six senior appearances for the Netherlands, scoring once.

With bags of potential and his athleticism, work rate and technical ability De Jong would fit the Arsenal mould perfectly.








%d bloggers like this: